Ella Taylor

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  • 6 years ago | Longform

    Enticing Jeff Bridges to voice a washed-up surfer dude in the 2007 children's movie Surf's Up, the filmmakers sent the actor a video of an animated penguin declaiming a few of his lines from The Big Lebowski. They probably didn't need to work that...

  • Kids, pooches, childless couples, hotels past their prime, gifted actors in demeaning roles—who doesn’t need saving from themselves and others in this slobbery wet kiss of a family movie, whose premise appears to have been slapped...

  • 7 years ago | Longform

    Is it a sign of the apocalypse? Something in the water? Or is it just the way the wind is blowing?Whatever the case, when our often-contentious quintet of film critics put their heads together about the best movies of 2008, they managed to agree (...

  • 9 years ago | Longform

    Made when he was a stripling of 24, Argentine filmmaker Daniel Burman's first feature, A Chrysanthemum Burst in Cincoesquinas, was a violent story of love and revenge. He must have gotten that out of his system: Though Burman's subsequent movies a...